MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University men’s basketball team’s seven-game winning streak is history. Thursday night at the Berry Events Center the Lakers of Lake Superior State University came out the higher side of the 77-75 score.
NMU falls to 8-6 overall and 2-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Lakers improve to 4-8 and 2-3 respectively.
At 11:43 of the first half, Will Washington made a three-pointer to give the ‘Cats the 17-9 lead. With the game tied at 17-all the ‘Cats went on a 6-0 run which was capped off by three-pointers from Jerard Ajami and Chris Warner. With the scored tied at 26 with a little more than three minutes left in the half the Lakers out-scored the ‘Cats 6-4 down the stretch. LSSU held a two-point lead at the half (32-30).
The Lakers had the second half as they controlled the score and came away with a couple of timely baskets. LSSU biggest lead of the half was 66-51 with six plus minutes left in the game. NMU then began to chip away slowly at the lead. Washington made a three-pointer at 3:49 to get the ‘Cats under 10 points (69-60). He then made another three with 44 seconds left and the ‘Cats down by three points (74-71). Sebastien Salois made one of his two free throws with 24 ticks left on the clock and NMU down by four points (76-72).
LSSU’s Mike Rader made one of his two free throws with 19 seconds showing on the clock to make the count 77-72. Jake Suardini sank a three with two ticks left for the final score.
Ricky Volcy led the ‘Cats with 23 points. He also added two assists, one block and three steals. Washington had 20 points while Chris Warner was the third ‘Cat in double-figures with 15. Warner added a game-high 10 rebounds for a double-double and four assists. Ryan Kuhl led the Lakers with 27 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
NMU was 24-61 from the floor for 39.3 percent. The ‘Cats were 9-38 from the arc (23.7 percent). Washington led the team with five three-pointers. NMU shot 75 percent from the free throw line (18-24). LSSU won the battle on the glass at 33-28.
The ‘Cats are at Grand Valley State on Saturday (Jan. 6).
### NMU ###
Sports Information Director